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Brian's Book Shelf

Never Stop Asking "Why"

Growing up, reading was not my forte. But as an adult I've learned to embrace reading because books are the fuel we require to learn. 


As I love to learn, I often encourage people I meet to never lose their sense of curiosity - of people, places, things and what could be. I believe the word “why” should be a “blinking” neon light that shines 24 hours a day in our mental sky. 


In this eternal quest for knowledge, I try to read about 3 books a month. 


The following are my book recommendations, the best of the best- all of which I believe will help take you from where you are, to where you wish to be. 


Enjoy the journey!


Brian Nadon


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My Top 10 Books

The following books are not in any specific order.

You become better by expanding your mind and acquiring new knowledge. It lets you form your opinion and worldview.


This list contains books that changed my life and allowed me to see the world in many different ways. It provided me different perspectives. The goal is not to live like someone. You must find a lifestyle and work that only you can do in a meaningful and fulfilling way.


The ideas in these books allowed me to see myself and the world the way it is. The stories provided me principles and foundations and taught me to ask better questions. Other than that, it made me more knowledgeable, confident, open-minded and interesting person.


The more I read the more curious I become. Seeking knowledge and understanding things you never understood is the most exciting thing in the world.

The Alchemist; Paulo Coelho

The Drama Of The Gifted Child; Alice Miller

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions; Russell Brand

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes; Bill Watterson

Mindset; Carol Dweck

The Power of Now; Eckhart Tolle

Man's Search For Meaning; Victor Frankl

Imagine It Forward; Beth Comstock

The Body Keeps Score; Gabor Mate

21 Lessons for the 21st Century; Yuval Noah Harari

My Top Reads & Favourite Books

From My Library To Yours

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Whether you’re looking to eat healthier, break a habit, see the world differently, 

or just want an amazing read, take a look at these books that will change your life.


*This list will be updated as I continue to find new books worth mentioning.

Library

 Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head And Into Your Life; Gary John Bishop 

This is not the usual self-help book. Make your life one you actually want to live. This is blunt force trauma to the way you think life has to be for you.


12 Rules For Life; Jordan B. Peterson 

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a 2018 self-help. It provides life advice through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion, and personal anecdotes.


Educated; Tara Westover

If you’re looking for a book about perseverance, Educated is it. Westover was raised in the mountains of Idaho by parents who were stockpiling canned goods in preparation for the end of the world.

Lacking in a proper education, Westover educated herself and first step foot in a classroom at 17. This memoir is a tale of education and self-motivation and guaranteed to inspire.


 Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder; Chip Conley 

Do you want to reinvent the second half of your career?

'Learn how to cultivate a beginner's mind...and be the sage counselor' from the foreword by Brian Chesky, cofounder and CEO of Airbnb.


 Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future; Jeff Howe 

Filled with incredible case studies and cutting-edge research and philosophies from the MIT Media Lab and beyond, Whiplash will help you adapt and succeed in this unpredictable world.


 How To Breathe Underwater; Julie Orringer 

This award-winning collection of short stories follows young women dealing with love, family, self-esteem, awkwardness, and everything in between. These nine mesmerizing stories are full of the hopes and failures and all the complexities that comes with youth.


 How to Win Friends and Influence People; Dale Carnegie

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.


You Are a Badass; Jen Sincero

Sincero is a brash, funny, and extremely honest in You Are a Badass. In this book, she tells readers exactly what it takes to start living your awesome life.


Backlash; Brad Thor

In the most explosive novel Brad Thor has ever written, page after captivating page of action, intrigue, loyalty, and betrayal will keep you hooked until the very last sentence.


Nine Perfect Strangers; Liane Moriarty

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.


Can't Hurt Me; David Goggins

As a survivor of abuse, prejudice, and poverty, David Groggins is all too familiar with dark days. Still, he pushed through all the obstacles in his life and became a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Can’t Hurt Me is about Groggins’s journey out of the darkness and how readers can tap into their inner power to persevere.


The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness; Jerome Groopman

Since Ancient Greece, hope has been an essential part of human life. Harvard medical professor Jerome Groopman explains how hope can change the course of an illness. This book offers a new way of thinking about hope and how it is critical to life.


Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together; Thomas W. Malone

If you're like most people, you probably believe that humans are the most intelligent animals on our planet. But there's another kind of entity that can be far smarter: groups of people.


Bruce Lee: A Life; Matthew Polly

It’s also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee’s family, friends, business associates, and even the actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon.


Winners: And How They Succeed; Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell has conducted in-depth interviews and uses his own experience in politics and sport to get to the heart of success. He examines how winners tick. He considers how they build great teams. He analyzes how these people deal with unexpected setbacks and new challenges. He judges what the very different worlds of politics, business, and sport can learn from one another. And he sets out a blueprint for winning that we can all follow to achieve our goals.


If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice;

Richard Reed

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. 

Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be?


Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives; Gretchen Rubin 

So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?

 Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. 


Exhalation: Stories; Ted Chiang

This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances.


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones; James Clear

Are you struggling with a habit you just can’t seem to break? Habit formation expert James Clear offers practical strategies on how to break your bad habits and create good ones.


Real American: A Memoir; Julie Lythcott-Haims

In her memoir, Lythcott writes about the personal battle people of color know all too well. As a biracial black women in America, Lythcott deals with racism, microaggressions, and self-esteem issues because of it. Real American is a journey of self-acceptance, and the power of the black community.